Industry “key figure” Gerald Simonds passes away


Gerald Simonds, an industry leader and a man that was well-known and respected throughout the sector has sadly passed away.

The founder of Gerald Simonds Healthcare sadly died last week.

The company made an announcement confirming the news which read: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our founder Gerald.

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“He was a key figure in the industry for many years having been the first person to import lightweight chairs to the UK. Many of our customers still remember purchasing their first chair from Gerald in his front room.”

Peter Norfolk, a gold medal winning Paralympic Quad Tennis player in Athens and Beijing, took to Twitter to pay his respects.

He also nodded to Simonds’ work as the “instigator” of the lightweight wheelchair market.

The company’s statement continued: “The business grew to include the wide range of mobility and seating equipment that we are still working with today. He was hugely respected by everyone in this field; the industry is a poorer place without his jovial presence.”

Concluding: “Our thoughts are with Gerald’s family at this difficult time.”

AMP echoes this sentiment.

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